BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
CROMWELL, CT – A trio of rivalry games will all be played at the XL Center this weekend.
Friday night the Pack’s I-91 rivals, the Springfield Falcons who come to Hartford for a head-to-head with the Wolf Pack. That rivalry game will be followed up on Saturday with the Pack’s intra-state rival Bridgeport Sound Tigers. On Sunday, it’s the organization’s rival, as the Pack will tangle with the Albany Devils at the XL Center.
This trio of battles represents a major test for the Pack as the second half of the regular season kicks off.
After a steady diet of road games in December, this current six-game homestand can provide this team the springboard they need to get back in the playoff hunt.
“Any time you’re at home, you want to capitalize on that,” Team Captain Ryan Bourque said. “Now we have six games in a row so this is a must (win). We have to get some momentum swinging our way and it starts against Springfield. We have to take it one game at a time,” Continue reading
THREE RANGERS PROSPECTS TO PARTICIPATE IN 2016 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
BY: The New York Rangers
NEW YORK, December 25, 2015 – Three New York Rangers prospects will represent their country in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. Brandon Halverson (United States), Adam Huska (Slovakia), and Aleksi Saarela (Finland) will participate in the tournament, which takes place in Helsinki, Finland from December 26 to January 5.
Halverson, 19, has appeared in 21 games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season, posting a 9-10-1 record. The Rangers’ second-round pick (59th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has made 30 or more saves in 11 appearances this season, and he has posted a 4-1-0 record, along with a 2.40 GAA and a .928 SV% in his last five appearances with the Greyhounds. Last season, Halverson became the first Rangers draft pick in franchise history to earn 40 or more wins in one season of junior hockey. Continue reading
Posted in AHL, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, IIHF World Championships, Madison Square Garden, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports, USA Hockey, World Junior Championships
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Ryan Graves: A Project That Is Worth Investing In
BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
Hartford, CT – Big, young athletes are not complete specimens at age 20 and 21. They still need to adjust to their size and strength. For the Hartford Wolf Pack, defenseman Ryan Graves epitomizes the growth and care when one makes a sizable investment.
Graves stands at an imposing 6’4, 220 lbs., and has shown the agility of a big man reminiscent of Dylan McIlrath, who spent three-plus seasons honing his game with the Wolf Pack.
Graves spent five years playing in the QMJHL, one of Canada’s three major junior leagues where along the way each year, things improved. Eventually, he was selected by the Rangers in the fourth round, 110th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Graves is a Yarmouth, Nova Scotia native. Yarmouth located on the southern tip of Nova Scotia and where the Atlantic Ocean is a big and significant presence. On the ice, Graves started out for two and half years playing in Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown. Continue reading
Posted in AHL, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, IIHF World Championships, Junior Hockey, Madison Square Garden, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports, USA Hockey, World Junior Championships, XL Center
Tagged 2010 NHL Entry Draft, 2012 NHL Entry Draft, 2013 PDC World Darts Championship, Aaron Ekblad, Ahl al-Hadith, Al Diwaniyah, Alain Vigneault, American Hockey League, American Revolutionary War, Anthony Duclair, Anti-Turkism, Badr Organization, Brady Skjei, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Buffalo Sabres, Cam Fowler, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dylan McIlrath, National Hockey League, Toronto Maple Leafs
BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
Hartford, CT – The UCONN Huskies (5-10-0 overall, 3-7-0 HEA) will play their last home game at the XL Center for five weeks when they face off tonight in a Hockey East matchup against Merrimack (6-4-4 overall, 2-3-4 HEA) at 7pm.
Max Letunov, 11 assists and 17 points and Tage Thompson seven goals – all on the powerplay – also has two game winners – pace the Huskies offense.
Merrimack has four players with ten points atop the team scoring lead in Brian Christie, Ben Bahe, Hampus Gustafsson and New Jersey Devils’ draft pick, Ben Senev.
The next home game following this one, for the Huskies, is Friday, January 22nd against the University of Vermont. That contest will be broadcast on NESN. In between, the Huskies will travel coast-to-coast. First they will visit Minnesota at the Mariucci Classic along with Ferris State, Harvard, and the host school, the University of Minnesota. Then it’s on to Phoenix, Arizona and the Desert Classic with host Arizona State, Michigan Tech and Yale will both be in Glendale at the home of the NHL Arizona Coyotes. Continue reading
Posted in Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Hockey, Kelly Cup Playoffs, Sports, USA Hockey
Tagged 2014 NHL Entry Draft, American Hockey League, Arkansas, BMO Harris Bradley Center, Brandon Wheat Kings, Burn It Up, Connecticut, Frank Erwin Center, Hartford, Holmdel Township, Janet Jackson, KFC Yum! Center, Little Rock, Los Angeles, New Jersey, NHL Central Scouting Bureau, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Sidney Crosby, Western Hockey League, XL Center
BY: Gerry Canlton, Howlings
HARTFORD, CT – The byzantine process with the future of the XL Center continues apace, but a true final work product is finally at hand that allows a proposal to be formed and presented to the legislature.
The CRDA (Capital Regional Development Authority) finally got back the numbers and architectural renderings from SCI Architects who released nine months ago what was thought to be the final report back in February.
That went to overtime for revisions and full-scale numbers breakdown on the $250 million dollar proposal, land acquisition costs and its demolition costs. The $500 million dollar option has been taken off the table.
These are part of the steps towards securing the necessary funding. There are no guarantees in any of this.
(See renderings after the jump)
November 21, 2015 in AHL, College Hockey, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, IIHF World Championships, New York Rangers, Sports, Stanley Cup Playoffs, UConn Hockey, USA Hockey, XL Center
Tagged Atlanta Thrashers, Australia, Balanced budget, Connecticut, Connecticut Whale, Dan Malloy, Dominican Republic, Finance, Finance minister, Financial crisis of 2007–2008, Fiscal policy, Fiscal year, Goods and Services Tax (Australia), Government budget balance, Gross domestic product, Hartford, Health department, Home care, Ken Henry (public servant), Leigh Sales, National Hockey League, New York City, Phoenix Coyotes, Quebec City, Rubik's Cube, Russia, XL Center
BY: The New York Rangers
WEEK IN REVIEW
The Rangers posted a 4-0-0 record this week.
The Blueshirts earned wins against Carolina on Nov. 10 (3-0), St. Louis on Nov. 12 (6-3), Ottawa on Nov. 14 (2-1, SO), and Toronto on Nov. 15 (4-3).
With four wins this week, the Rangers have posted a 14-2-2 record (30 points) thus far in 2015-16. The Blueshirts lead the NHL in points (30) and points
percentage (.833) and are tied for the NHL lead in wins (14) this season.
The Rangers’ 14 wins and 30 points are the most recorded through 18 games of one season in franchise history.
New York extended its winning streak to nine games and point streak to 13 games (11-0-2) this week. Continue reading
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Tagged Alain Vigneault, American Hockey League, Antti Raanta, Boston, Brady Skjei, Cameron Talbot, Daniel Girardi, Derick Brassard, Dylan McIlrath, Henrik Lundqvist, National Hockey League, New York City, New York Rangers, Ryan McDonagh